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An IAEA expert team on 22 April 2013 completed an initial review of Japan’s efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Team leader Juan Carlos Lentijo, director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, said at a press conference in Tokyo, “Extraordinarily committed workers have made significant accomplishments at Fukushima Daiichi since the March 2011 accident, but Japan continues to face difficult challenges as it works to decommission the site. We saw that TEPCO has achieved the stable cooling of the reactors and spent fuel pools at the site.”
Lentijo said water management is “probably the most challenging” task for the plant for now.

Lentijo mentioned about the future decommission work, “It is expectable in such a complex site, additional incidents will occur as it happened in the nuclear plants under normal operations.It is important to have a very good capability to identify as promptly as possible failures and to establish compensatory measures.”

However, the mayors of the evacuation zone questioned the  contents of IEAE report and felt that there was a big gap between the residents in Fukushima. For instance, Mr. Masaya Endo, Tomioka town mayor, said ” Fukushima No.1 plant has many problems not only waste water treatment. IEAE evaluation is not enough. I wanted them to be more strict.  Mr. Yuko Endo, Kawauchi village mayor, said “most of the residents do not understand the power plant is stable as IEAE teams reported.”


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IAEA Team Completes Initial Review of Japan’s Plans to Decommission Fukushima Daiichi (IAEA Homepage)

IAEA: Japan nuke cleanup may take more than 40 years (Asahi Newspaper)

IAEA calls for efforts in radioactive water management at Fukushima (Mainichi Newspaper)


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